Thursday, May 25, 2017

Chardonnay Day 2017



You guyssssss, It's that time again.. National Chardonnay Day!!!!

I'm celebrating with two amazing wines, Flora Springs 2016 Chardonnay, and Jon Nathaniel 2015 Lavender Hill Chardonnay. I've recently been getting more and more into wines along with the whole process that comes along with it. I've always wanted to get my sommelier; and with all the recent changes in my life have been thinking more and more about it. It could be a fun little road to take, right?!

The Flora Springs 2016 Chardonnay is sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards, which I LOVEEEE. It is fermented in a combination of oak barrels (76%), and stainless steel tanks (24%). It is full-bodied yet keenly balanced with richly-fruited notes of honeydew melon, guava, and pineapple layered with oak derived hints of honey, spice, and unsweetened coconut. Sooooo good! 

The Jon Nathaniel 2015 Lavender Hill Chardonnay shows beautiful ripe, up front fruit, with layers of honey, vanilla, spice, pear, and Granny Smith apple flavors. Its creamy texture brings to mind graham  crackers and créme brûlée, yet there's a tension between the brightness of fruit and the rich, toasty, oak-and-less driven flavors. This is a terrifically balanced wine with excellent depth of flavor and concentration and a long, lingering finish. 

Do yourself a favor and head over to FloraSprings.com and pick up a couple bottles. You won't be disappointed!








Special thanks to Flora Springs for sponsoring this post. 




How are you celebrating #ChardonnayDay?!



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Links I Love



1. How To Get Rid Of Bad Energy - (Goop)

2. DIY Match Mask - (Byrdie)

3. Martha Stewarts Favorite Rosés - (Bon Appetit)

4. How To Eat Your Way To Perfect Skin And Hair - (The Coveteur)

5. Workout Moves That Will Give You Kylie Jenners Butt, No Surgery Needed - (The Betches)

6. Multivitamin Ingredients To Avoid - (The Coveteur)

7. Yummy Coconut Pancakes - (Because I'm Addicted)

8. The PERFECT Kimono Robe - (Sunday Forever)

9. An Anti-Inflamitory Ginger Turmeric Latte Recipe - (Goop)



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Changes



These past few weeks I've been thinking a lot about change. About how much I hate it, and how most of the time I have absolutely no control over it. I'm a firm believer that 'everything happens for a reason' but sometimes I just need a break from all the chaos. (Hence my recent inactivity on social media). I'm a creature of habit, so when my routine gets interrupted it really throws me off balance. 
Last month I totally blamed everything on Mercury Retrograde. Four planets (Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, and Mercury) were all in retrograde at once.. April was a real shit show. I felt like nothing was going right. Did you guys feel it too?! I have accepted that change is coming my way whether I like it or not. At first I was mad, and scared. But now, I realize this is just the end of a chapter.. and I think it's about to get good. 





“I don't know where I'm going from here, but I know it won't be boring.” David Bowie






Amuse Society Dress {$60} // J Crew Denim Jacket {$118} // Hinge Sandals {$70} // Celine Sunglasses {$244} // Rebecca Minkoff Bag {$295 $177} // Dogeared 'Circle' Necklace {$58} // Dogeared 'Balance' Necklace {$36} // Similar Rings Here Here Here And Here





Photos by Sierra Hunts
Braid by Ashley Hudson 




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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Pineapple Jalapeño Margaritas



I love a good cocktail.. and by good, I mean FRESH ingredients. 
With this recipe you can use store bought pineapple juice but trust me, it won't taste as good. 
Plus, you don't want all that added sugar and other ingredients, right?!

For my margaritas I used a whole jalapeño, seeds and all (not the stem). I LOVE hot food though. The hotter the better. So, if you are not that big of a fan of spicy food, but still want a little bit of the jalapeño flavor, I suggest using just a half of a jalapeño, and take out the seeds. 
These margaritas were not super spicy by any means, but you do get that nice spicy burn/flavor.

I used my Breville juicer (on sale right now for $150!) for this so I could add the jalapeño with the pineapple and not have to deal with muddling it.
For the lemon and limes, I used a hand juicer just because I think that is easier and faster than peeling all the limes and lemon and putting them in the juicer also. Feel free to do which ever way you think is easiest/faster for you. 








Makes 6 margaritas

Ingredients
Salt Rim
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Garnish
1 lime
1 jalapeño
Slices from pineapple

Margaritas
1 pineapple
1 jalapeño
1 lemon
6 large limes
Silver tequila
Blue agave syrup


Directions
Salt Rim
1. Combine salt and cayenne in a small bowl and mix well. Dump mixture on a saucer or small plate and spread out.
2. Wet the rim of the glass with either water or lime juice. Turn glass upside down and dip it in the salt/cayenne mixture and twist until all edges of the rim are covered.
3. Repeat with additional glasses and set aside.

Margaritas
1. Peel and cut pineapple into slices small enough to fit in a juicer. (If you want to use a slice of pineapple for a garnish on the glasses, cut however many you will need and set aside). Cut stem off of jalapeño. Add pineapple and jalapeño (1 whole for spicy, or 1/2 with no seeds for not so spicy) to the juicer.
2. Cut 1 lemon and 6 limes in half, and use a citrus juicer to juice.
3. In a pitcher, combine the pineapple/jalapeño juice mixture with the lime/lemon juice. Add 1 tablespoon blue agave syrup and stir.
4. Add tequila; I did 12 shots, 2 per margarita, feel free to add less or more depending on your preference, or how drunk you want to get.
5. Stir well and taste. Add more blue agave syrup if needed.
6. Place garnish on glasses. Add ice. Enjoy!










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Monday, May 1, 2017

The 6 Best White Tees Under $50



My wardrobe is pretty basic.. Actually I pretty much live in basic pieces. My go to look is a v-neck tee, jeans, and a cardigan.. and probably a hat; and let me tell you, I've gone through a lot of tees trying to find good ones. 

I love cheap basic tees like H&M, and Forever 21, but after I would wash them once they would shrink drastically. So, after about the sixth time this happened to me, I decided to start investing in some higher quality t-shirts.





Here are my top 6 tees under $50.


J Crew Vintage Cotton V-Neck T-Shirt // $32.50 (30% off with code BIGSALE)


BP V-Neck Tee // $18


Free People Rising Sun Tee // $58 $40.60




DSTLD V Neck Tee // $23










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What is your favorite basic tee?!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Huddy Drew Clothing



So... Did you guys know my friend Lindsey has this really amazing T-Shirt line that has THE CUUUUTEST tees?!

Last month, I had the honor of doing a photoshoot for her company, Huddy Drew Clothing, with two of my good girlfriends. Also, my photographer and friend, Sierra Hunts with Sierra A Photography, was behind the camera capturing these awesome shots. It was such a fun day hanging out, being silly, and drinking wine. I couldn't have asked for a better time. 





Huddy Drew Clothing was started by Lindsey in early 2016. Each piece is stamped or printed BY HAND here in Southern Oregon. 
A few of my favorites are the "Nothing But A Wine Thang Baby", "Epic Day Drinker", and "Sip Sip Hooray". 

You can check out all the shirts at www.huddydrewclothing.com

And guess what?! For all my readers, Huddy Drew Clothing is offering 25% off from now until May 26th with code NICHOLEBLOG17! So head over to Huddy Drew's website now and treat yourself to a cute new tee! 







Monday, April 17, 2017

Links I Love



1. How To Make All Natural Food Dyes From Items In Your Kitchen - (Food52)

2. 27 Books From Emma Watson's Reading List - (Harpers Bazaar)

3. This Essential Oil Mixture Kills A Headache Faster Than Asprin - (InStyle)

4. Would You Try A Steam Treatment For Your Vagina? - (InStyle)

5. This Basil Infused Tequila Lemonade Cocktail Needs To Be Made ASAP - (TheCollegeHousewife)

6. These Fresh Ginger Muffins Look Amazing - (Food 52)

7. This Workout Can Reverse The Signs Of Aging - (Health.com)

8. Eat These Foods For Healthy Hair - (Goop)

9. How To Assemble The Perfect Bar Cart - (Goop)




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Thursday, April 13, 2017

I Tried Microneedling And I'm Obsessed




I've been wanting to try out a micro needle roller for awhile now. You know I'm obsessed with anything skincare related and will try anything, bee venom, bentonite clay, my light therapy mask, but I will admit that I have been a little bit scared to try this one out. 
I've been using it every other day for a few weeks now, and I have already seen some great results! 




How it works:
It works from the inside out by triggering skin's natural healing process and inducing micro-regeneration deep within the skin. As surgical steel micro needles pass over your skin, the rejuvenation process begins immediately as your cells respond to thousands of imperceptible micro channels by creating new collagen and restoring skins volume. Essentially, its tricking your skin into thinking it's experiencing trauma, and that faux trauma alerts collagen to rush to the skins surface to repair it. Since there is not really a trauma there to repair, it just grows new collagen that helps diminish wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, and other irregularities. When used immediately before your skin care products, it provides passageways for your skincare products to dive directly down to the deepest layers of the skin. It helps your topical skin care products be absorbed by your skin 200 times more effectively.

How to use:
After cleansing, use light pressure, and roll over each area 4-10 times changing direction with each pass. Your skin will appear pink or flushed after using. Next, go straight to your skincare products; I love to use Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer, and PCA Perfecting Neck And Décolleté. (those neck wrinkles KILL me!) After, you can also use a LED light therapy mask. Cells exposed to LED light grow an overwhelmingly 150 to 200 percent faster than non stimulated cells, so I highly recommend using a light therapy mask after.








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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Free The Nipple



I totally support #freethenipple. If you don't know, free the nipple is a global campaign of change focused on the equality, empowerment, and freedom of all human beings. You can learn more here.

I was scrolling through Instagram one night and stumbled upon this shirt and knew I had to have it.

Missy Empire was nice enough to send me one, and right now you can get 30% off everything with the promo code 'SLAY'!










Photos by Sierra Hunts



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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Curtis Stone's Potato And Zucchini Enchiladas With Habanero Salsa



This is one of my favorite recipes from my favorite cookbook. 
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.





INGREDIENTS

3 ripe tomatoes, cored
3 fresh Anaheim chilies
1/2 to 1 habanero chile, seeded
7 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
10 fresh cilantro sprigs
3 garlic cloves, 1 whole and peeled, 2 finely chopped
2 russet potatoes
1 zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch dice
1/2 white onion, finely diced
8 corn tortillas
1 cup coarsely crumbles Cotija or feta cheese
1 large or 2 small scallions, trimmed and finely sliced
1/3 cup sour cream


DIRECTIONS

1. To make the salsa and filing, preheat broiler.
2. Line a baking sheer with foil and put the tomatoes and chiles on it. Rub 1 tablespoon of the oil over the tomatoes and chiles and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil, turning as needed, until the tomatoes and chiles are tender and their skins have charred, about 10 minutes for the habanero, 15 minutes for the Anaheim chiles, and 20 minutes for the tomatoes. When the Anaheim chilies are done, transfer them to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside until cool enough to handle. When the habanero and tomatoes are done, transfer to a plate and let cool slightly. Peel, seed, and coarsely chip the Anaheim chilies; set aside.
3. Meanwhile, remove the leaves from the cilantro and place the stems in a blender. Coarsely chop the leaves and reserve in a medium bowl. Add the whole garlic clove, the broiled tomatoes, habanero, and any accumulated juices to the blender and blend until smooth. Season the salsa to taste with salt. Set aside.
4. Heat a large heavy nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil, then add potatoes and cook for about 5 minutes, or until they are beginning to soften. Add the zucchini, onion, and the chopped garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. Stir in the chopped Anaheim chiles and 1/4 cup of the salsa and season to taste with salt. Set aside.
5. To assemble the enchiladas, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a small baking sheet with paper towels.
6. In a small skillet, heat the remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add 1 tortilla to the pan and coo for about 20 seconds per side, or until just pliable. Using tongs, transfer the tortilla to the paper towel lines baking sheet to absorb any excess oil. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, layering them between paper towels.
7. Spoon about 1/3 cup of the potatoes mixture over the bottom third of one tortilla, then roll up, and place seam side down in a 13x9 inch baking dish. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling.
8. Bake enchiladas, uncovered, for about 10 minutes, or just until head through. Reheat the remaining salsa.
9. Drizzle about 2/3 cup of the remaining salsa over the enchiladas, then sprinkle the cheese, scallions, and reserved cilantro leaves over the top. Serve with the sour cream and pass the remaining salsa at the table to spoon onto plates when serving.






Saturday, March 25, 2017

Golden Hour



"A kind of golden hour one remembers for a lifetime.. Everything was touched by magic." 
-Margaret Bourke-White







Madewell Dress (similar herehere, and here) // Vince Camuto Booties {$50} // J Crew Fedora {$40}





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